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i can't believe it's over. is it done? >> just for now. come back in 24 hours. >> we will do it all over again tomorrow at six. now, carol costello joins us now. >> yeah, i have worked that shift, an hour from now, you will be passing out. but you guys were fun to watch this morning. >> have a good one. >> you too. >> 9 a.m. in the east coast, 6 a.m. in the west, i'm sitting in for keira phillips. another air traffic controller found asleep on the job, the latest incident at reno tahoe airport in nevada forced a medical flight to land without clearance. the faa adding a second control
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on overnight ships at two dozen airports. according to the labor department, the number of people filing for first time unemployment benefits increased to 412,000, up 27,000 from the week before. nba superstar kobe bryant is apologizing for an anti-gay slur he hurled at a referee, but he will still have to pay that $100,000 fine to the league. we begin this hour with a serious effort to raise the retirement age to 70 years old. it is one of the tough choices on the table in washington this morning, as all parties race to reach a banlgt grayment. >> this is a solution. we are not afraid to propose the solution and that's what this town needs. it's what the country needs s i leadership proposed in these solutions. tleechblgts republican senators are proposing to raise the age
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when you can start collecting social security to 70. just the fact that lawmakers are wading into the political minefield shows how worried washington is about the national debt. yesterday, i spoke with the top lobbyist for the aarp. he said the timing for this idea could co-not be worse. >> president obama's top number cruncher and the next hour the architect of the house budget plan, congressman paul ryan. but first, let's go to capitol hill and brianna keilar. brianna, we know, as a country, we need to start making some tough political choices. so, is congress really ready to debate social security? >> you know, there's definitely an appetite for debating entitlement reform, carol. i think democrats and
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republicans agree on that but seem to be looking more toward medicare there is some disagreement over social security and how that fits n senate majority leader harry reid reiterated his belief this week that social security isn't contributing to the debt. so, what is this plan all about by three conservative senators? as you said, it would increase the retirement age to 70 t is currently 66. and it would do this gradually over the next few decades. so, it would go up and be at 70 in 2032. the other thing it would do is if you made more money, if you made more than 43,000 per year, you would actually see less social security benefits and what you have these senators, senator rand paul of kentucky, senator lindsey graham of south carolina and mike lee of utah saying even though certainly some of them support the idea of privatizing social security, they say this is a way to preserve social security without privatizing it, it carol. >> i know that president obama brought up social security in his speech, but he said pretty
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much he would like to protect social security. as for the rest of his speech, it was greeted with nothing short of outrage by republicans on the hill. listen to this. >> spent approximately half an hour giving us a history lesson, blaming everyone for the nation's fiscal woes but himself, attack the path to prosperity budget and setting a new standard for class warfare rhetoric. i don't know about my colleagues but i thought to myself, and i missed lunch for this? >> brianna, i can hear voters saying, here we go again. >> those are some really biting words coming from republicans. you hear so many ideas on the hill right now geared at deficit reduction. the president's plan, house republicans tomorrow, carol, will be voting on their budget plan for 2012. while the president proposed $4 trillion in cuts over 12 years, republicans say their plan is
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going to cut more. they want to see more spending cuts. the president proposed some spending cuts. but carol, he also proposed some tax increases on people making more than a quarter million dollars year and republicans say that is just a nonstarter. they also were very upset with the president. and this isn't surprising that the president did this, but he took issue with their budget plan that they are going to vote on tomorrow. it is an overhaul of medicare and medicaid, fundamentally change those program and president obama said that would threaten seniors as well as low-income americans. >> so, we are all gearing up for yet another fight? a couple of fights. brianna keilar live on capitol hill, thank you. new developments to tell you about this morning in the search for a possible serial killer. detectives are going up in planes and helicopters over long island hunting for clues. cnn's allan chernoff is in jones beach, new york. alan, are they up already? >> reporter: no they will be in about an hour, carol what they are going to do is use high resolution cameras to highlight
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what they call areas of interest and then they will be on foot in those spots trying to find more human remains. this investigation all started with the disappearance of this woman, shannon gilbert. she lived in jersey city, new jersey, worked as a call girl and was last seen not far from here, back on may 1st is of last year. z at about 5:00 this morning, she banging on the door of a home opener begging for assistance. he called the police right away but she disappeared. the homeowner told us detectives in this air didn't interview him in depth until august last year, four months later. here is what he said. >> missing person s detective came here, like in august, and was asking about her and i said, where have you been? he said the kind of thing of new jersey police department didn't
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take them. >> they didn't come. she was missing may 1st. >> yeah. >> but the police did not come to visit you until august? >> that's correct. >> nothing may, june, july, finally in august? >> right. >> four months? >> right. and that was missing persons. >> and you called the police immediately? >> yeah, well, they came in here, but as far as investigating it no. >> reporter: the suffolk police say indeed they did speak with mr. colletti several times that they have spoken with him several times since may 1st and they also say that he provided a written statement back in june last year but he dispute that. carol? >> allan, why wouldn't police question this guy sooner? i mean, was it because of this woman's background or what she did? >> reporter: carol, that's very,
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very good question. they do sayize just told you, they have spoken with him several times. what he told me again this morning was on that very morning, may 1st, he spoke with the marine bureau that responded to his 911 call for 30 seconds, told them where she went, which direction the woman ran. they couldn't find her, came back. he spoke with those officers for about four minutes. he said -- >> i just want to be clear -- >> did he not have any more contact. >> this woman was a prostitute, right? >> that is correct. that is correct. >> maybe that's why the police didn't investigate sooner? >> i can't speculate about that, carol. >> interesting. allan chernoff, great job. appreciate it. it has happened again, another air traffic controller caught snoozing on the job in reno, nevada, this time. now the faa is taking action. cnn's jeanne meserve join us from washington. what happened this time? >> reporter: carol this one
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happened early yesterday. the flight was coming into reno from mammoth lakes, california with a critically ill passenger. the pilot tried to reach the tower in reno, not once, not twice, but seven times. the controller apparently slept through it all. here is part of the pilot's conversation with a regional controller. >> and they did land. an official says the delay did not hurt the patient but the secretary of transportation calls the episode inexcusable. >> this is ridiculous, it's outrageous, it's the kind of behavior that we will not stand for at the department of transportation. the controller has been suspended. we are conducting an
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investigation and i have said that immediately, there will be two controllers in 27 control towers around the country that control planes between 12 midnight and the early morning hours. >> but republican congressman john micah was harshly critical, saying only in the federal government would you double up workers averaging $161,000 per year in salary and benefits that aren't doing their job. carol? >> we are get nothing another political fight over it, but as an air traveler, someone who travels, like travel season is upon us, jane, and we know of indaents reagan national, knoxville, in reno, are there other? >> yes. the faa disclose there had were two additional controller screwups in recent week a controller in seattle fell asleep during his morning shift on april 11th. he is currently suspended and two controllers in lubbock, texas ins pen ises for failing to hand off control of a
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departing aircraft march 29th and being late taking control of an inbound aircraft. so carol, a recent rash of these incident act, least a recent rash we are finding out about. >> jeanne meserve live in washington. thank you. as you know, donald trump has been hint agent a white house run. now we know when he will announce the date when he will announce his decision. cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser is here. so this is a preannouncement announcement kind of thing? >> i think you got that right exactly, carol. donald trump is good when it comes to publicity. here is the deal. we have confirmed on the final ensoerkd the season finale of "celebrity apprentice," may 15th, donald trump will announce the date when he will announce whether he is running for the republican presidential nomination or not. he will announce by june whether he will or wouldn't run for the
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nomination he said he will put in big bucks, hundreds of millions if he decides to run. talking about big buck, president barack obama heads to chicago later today, back to his hometown. he has three fund-raising events, the first ta he is doing for his re-election bid, he just announced that a week and a half ago, the fund-raising swing begins. he raised $750 million, a record, when he was running for the white house last election. co-raise up to $1 billion this time, carol. also, before you go tell butts news from the santorum camp? >> as expected, rick santorum, knew he was going to run for president, we thought, taken the first formal steps did that last night, filing with the irs, allows him to begin running for president, raising money, at least. he is the former senator from pennsylvania, carol. >> paul steinhauser, thank you. >> thank you. >> we will have your next political update in one hour. for all our political news go to our website, cnnpolitics.com. we continue the high stakes and heated rhetoric of the budget debate. lawmakers are facing tough choice bus it is your money and
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your future at stake. what's more important than that? we are talking about it after the break. plus, damage control for kobe bryant. the superstar drops an anti-gay slur on a referee and it's gonna cost him $100,000. that story's just ahead, too.
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in washington right now, history is being measured in dollars and debt. the country is now $14 trillion in the red ant level of concern over government spending may be unlike anything we've ever seen before. >> to meet our fiscal challenge, we will need to make reforms. we will all need to make sacrifices. we do not have to sacrifice the america we believe in. and as long as i'm president, we won't. >> president obama says he will block major cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid and republicans, for their part, say tax hikes are not an option some, where is the middle ground, where compromise can be found? let's ask the top republican on the senate budget committee, senator jeff sessions. good morning, senator, thank you for being with us, i know you must be tired. >> well, it's been a busy week, that's for sure. >> i think that's an understatement. let me ask you this first though the american people are -- i think they're kind of tired of this tax versus spend argument.
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so please, please tell us there's some middle ground here. >> the middle ground is raise taxes? not really. i think the american people do believe that this government overspends and they are absolutely correct on that. and just to say one thing, paul line rhine and that house budget they presented, so thoughtful, so long-term, so fundamental in dealing with the crisis we face, it never reduces medicare, medicaid or social security in any one single year. but we are with surging -- the surging increases in those programs do need to be contained. if we do that we can keep them had sound and healthy for generations to come. >> a lot of people are very admiring of mr. ryan's plan about medicare and medicaid, but nothing in there about revenue raising, like raising taxes on the rich. i mean, why can't those bush tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000 a year? why not? >> well, we are taxed enough.
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and the president in his first budget, so irresponsible, he proposed raising taxes $1.7 trillion but the debt increased under his plan 2.7 trillion because the cbo said his spending increases dwarfed his tax increases and that's what the problem has always been. what of the level of taxation, spending exceeds that we cannot say on this path. we can make a change. we can get our country on a sound fiscal path. the ryan budget shows how it can be done. the president needs to go beyond the speech. the speech is fine. >> comes with the ryan plan, too, senator. and basically, what they say is you got to raise some revenue, too. and the easiest way to do that is through taxes. it's a combination of cutting and then raising revenue. in the latest cnn poll -- >> i don't think cbo exactly said that he -- he reduces
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taxes, ryan does, by -- and still achieves far more savings than the president proposes. >> i just wanted to lay this out for you shall the latest cnn poll, 62% of americans want the rich paying those higher taxes. they think that this is a good first step in resolving our debt problems so 62% of americans want the rich to pay more taxes, why not consider that? >> well, 70 or more say they are spending too much also. look, taxing the rich is an attractive idea but we have seen it in california, illinois, new york, when you depend on taxing people with volatile incomes who often make big salaries for one year or big income and then the next year, when the economy is down, pay -- lose money and pay nothing nothing that is one of the reasons we are in a crisis today. we have hoifrpd wagon to a very
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volatile incomes and those incomes are down during this recession and had it has hammered the economy, but the main thing is if we keep our taxes low and create jobs and growth, we will work our way out of. this the only threat to our economic future is this incredible debt this mushrooming out there, do need to get it out under control. >> you think anyone would disagree with you there i would like to talk a little bit about social security and this idea to raise the retirement age the age of 70. are you for that? >> i hate to think we have got to make any change in social security but we do and there are a lot of things that can be done that don't devastate the program, guarantee that current recipients or those near retiring don't receive changes, but some changes are going to have to be made and that's one of the changes that many people think is a realistic way to make this. >> how about you? do you think it is a realistic
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way? >> i think we are going to have to raise the age limit, yes. i don't know how far, but i do believe that's factor. these kind of changes don't have to be dramatic, don't have to be done all at once, don't have time pact people on social security today, but we have to make some changes. >> senator sessions, thank you so much for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. checking stories across the country now, another restaurant serves an alcoholic beverage to aed to less, happened last month at an olive garden in lakeland, florida. a 2-year-old was served a san glee ya instead of orange juice. recently in michigan, a 15-month-old was hospitalized after he was served a margarita instead of apple juice at an applebee's restaurant. next, in indiana, a small plane flipped on its top after making an emergency landing on a farm. witnesses say the weeflts plane got stuck in the mud, causing it to overturn. the pilot was not hurt. finally, rally for the sacramento kings. fans showed their love last
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night as the nba team played what is likely its final game in sacramento. owners hope to move the team to anaheim. fans and business leaders want them to stay. baseball's barry bonds found guilty of obstruction of justice but the jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that he lied to a grand jury. we will talk more about this with legal analyst jami floyd, next. ♪ what do you see yourself doing after you do retire? client comes in and they have a box. and inside that box is their financial life. people wake up and realize. "i better start doing something." we open up that box. we organize it. and we make decisions. we really are here to help you. they look back and think "wow. i never thought i could do this." but we've actually done it. [ male announcer ] visit ameriprise.com and put a confident retirement more within reach.
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two of the best athletes who ever played the game are in trouble this morning. baseball great barry bonds convicted of federal charges of obstruction of justice and basketball icon kobe bryant fined $100,000 for using the f-word and an anti-gay slur against a referee during a game. want to bring in attorney and former in session anchor jami floyd to give us an idea, well, give us -- to give us her thoughts on both those cases. i want to start with bonds though, because i have been wondering about this, jamie, how can you be convicted of obstruction of justice but not lying? >> i knew you were going to ask that question, carol, i'm ready for t they are very similar but perjury is a harder case for the prosecution to make, need to show, in fact, that barry bonds lied, those were the counts the jury couldn't come together on. essentially they compromised on obstruction. what they needed was greg
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anderson. he was the guy that prosecutors said, in fact, injected bonds with the illegal drugs and they didn't have him. he is the guy sitting in jail right now because he refused to testify against bonds. so all they could make out for the jury in this case is obstruction, which is bonds failing to fully cooperate. not fully answering the questions, not being fully forthcoming, one count he was convicted on, the rest they didn't get a conviction on and probably won't do any time in my view. >> i want a friend like greg anderson when i grow up, don't you, going to jail for me? crazy. >> good old mafia -- like the mafia family, really, it is real loyalty. >> you are not kidding. we have some sound from jury members to explained their decisionmaking, so let's listen. >> the evidence that he did steroids might have been there did he knowingly do steroids was the question and we couldn't
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prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. there was just a piece of the puzzle missing. you know, we had a lot of pieces to put together and just didn't have quite enough to put the whole puzzle together. >> so when prosecutors hear something like that from a juror, how does that factor into their decision whether they will retry bonds on the perjury charges? >> my goodness, i think they would be crazy to retry bonds, went after him for eight years, spent millions of dollars of taxpayer money. bonds did a brilliant thing on this case, day one, they stood before the jury and they admitted that he was injected and took illegal performance enhancing drugs and the only question for the your is did he know and you heard that jury say right there, that juror say it was never proved whether or not he knew, unless bonds took the stand and prosecute course get him to slip up, no way to prove that. >> he will probably not serve any jail time. you said that. >> nope.
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nope. >> i want to move on to kobe bryant and play a bit of kobe bryant's performance for our viewers. of course, we couldn't play what he actually said because he said the f-word and ant anti-gay slur. he was aiming those remarks at revery. he was fined $100,000 he makes 25 mall year, that's just in his salary r >> oh, for god's sake. >> why bother? >> first of all it is $300,000 a game for kobe bryant. it's like fining you or i $10 or something. it's ridiculous. but i do think it is really important to make a statement to viewers to kids, for the nba to say look, not going to tolerate this maybe fine him more, but it did require kobe to step up to apologize it is more the statement the nba is trying to
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make we don't tolerate this kind of language and did give kobe a little bit of whiplash on the issue. so look, the money isn't really the point. the point is we don't tolerate this not a homophobic organization and kobe has been required to take it back, like a little kid on the playground, take it become and he has. >> well, we are glad that he thinks that way. our jami floyd, thank you for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. the president said he wants to cut $400 billion from defense spending over more than a decade. find out what the military brass thinks about that, just ahead. [ female announcer ] splenda® no calorie sweetener is sweet... and more. if you replace 3 tablespoons of sugar a day with splenda® you'll save 100 calories a day. that could help you lose up to 10 pounds in a year. that's how splenda® is sweet...and more.
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a new senate report is throwing the book at wall street, blaming big banks and others for caution the financial crisis. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. who are they pointing the fingers at? >> carl, the senate put the blame squarely on the shoulders of goldman sachs in a scathing 600-page report that was based on two years of investigations. take a look at what the subcommittee chairman, senator carl levin said. he said, "our investigation found a financial snake pit rife with greed, conflicts of interest and wrongdoing." it sounds like something out of a movie we love with gordon gekko. they marketed high-risk investments, marketing had them as safe and goldman bet against the securities it was sellings to the customers so they would
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profit even if the investments failed. the senate panel blames a lot of other people, too, including lenders, including the defunct washington mutual, which pushed high-risk loans on people when they knew housing was in trouble. also blames regulators who failed to crackdown on banks and also blames the rating agencies, specifically moody's and standard & poor's, sagging they gave risk investments high ratings to attract investors. carol? >> so as far as i know, not many people have been punished for this. bernie madoff with his pyramid scheme, he seems tonight face of this, all those sort of disconnected from these other people. so, will there be any legal action taken at all? is this had just we are pointing the finger and we will let it go? >> you know, we will see how this plays out so far no there haven't been any charges. but the senate pan does plan to refer any legal violations to the justice department and the s.e.c., the problem here, some things unethical but not necessarily illegal. so far, none of the leading
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financial companies or their executives have been charged with any crime. by the way, goldman sachs shares, they are take ac hit though, down about 2%. that and we also got a weak labor report. that is pressuring stocks overall. the dow down 60 points. carl, back to you. >> alison kosik, thank you. turning now to libya, u.s. war planes continued to bomb targets even after control of the operation was handed over to nato. the pentagon has disclosed since the hand jove earth u.s. has flown 97 sorties with u.s. jets firing on libyan targets on three occasions. a u.s. military official insists those strikes were defensive and part of the military's support role. a new poll shows most americans favor u.s. involvement in libya. the cnn opinion research poll found 52% support u.s. involvement in libya. 47% oppose it. the poll also found if u.s. and
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nato air strikes not successful, the vast majority of americans, 76%, would with oppose president obama sending in ground troops to the region. in the president's speech on deficit reduction, he said he wants to cut $400 billion in defense spending over the next 12 years, but pentagon officials warn the klutz come with a price. more on that from pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are people at the pentagon saying, barb practice? >> carol, talk about tough choices in the budget and deficit reduction it really does all start here at the pentagon, as far as the military's concerned. president obama's plan to reduce defense spending by $400 billion over 12 years is already getting some criticism here, warnings that it will change the military's ability to protect national security. the pentagon press secretary issuing statement saying, "significant defense cuts cannot
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be accomplished without reduction to force structure and military capability." what's force structure? several of the services, carl, already looking at downsizing and further cuts in their own spending. carol? >> and also, barbara, if this becomes a big problem for the pentagon what do they do? >> well, yeah, you know, where do you turn next, if they are already saying that they can't handle more defense cuts? the pentagon says, look this can't be just an arithmetic exercise to cut military spending, you know, slash from the top, slash from the bottom, they need to look at security strategies, priority seen, what makes the most sense. defense secretary gates has not wanted to do additional significant cuts in big spending programs that are essential, but gates is going to be leaving office in a few months and this all might be left to the next secretary of defense and we don't know who that s >> barbara starr, thank you. from the pog to capitol hill to u.s. military families around the world there is a lot of
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concern that president obama doesn't have a lot of specifics on his defense cuts. we want to -- actually, we are going to talk to the president number's man, jack lue, the director of the white house budget. he is not there yet, but he is coming your way and when he gets in place, we will talk to jack lue. checking our top stories now there are new developments in the case of the long island serial killer. detectives are going up in planes and helicopters, hunting for clues. eight sets of human remains have been found in the area since december. and it's happened again, another air traffic controller asleep in the tower when a plane is trying to land. it happened early yesterday when a med vac plane failed to get a tower response in rein know. now the faa is adding an extra staffer on the midnight shift at more than two dozen control towers. actress catherine zeta-jones has checked herself into a mental health facility. she is being treated for a less severe form of bipolar ii disorder. jones is married to actor
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michael douglas, who recently completed treatment for throat cancer. hln sports, jeff booked on me today, something important to do that means i get to do the sports stories i want to do like covering my detroit tigers because they won their last game and their last at-bat. an exciting game. all right magic continue against texas? you can see that it did the tigers ran, a sacrifice fly to score bosh. there he is. brennan bosh. game tied at 2. the bottom of the ninth, strikes again, smacks a home run, left field seats. tigers win, 3-2. their second straight walkoff win. ah. just hours after kobe bryant was fined $100,000, he was money on the court. and in the stanley cup playoffs, carrie underwood's husband has a solo and encore. i will have more sports in 20
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minutes. two weeks after brutal beating that shocked the entire nation, the los angeles dodgers announced plans to upgrade security in and around their stadium. we will have details for you just ahead. plus, storming the presidential palace in one of the world's hotspots. the former president and his family arrested in africa's ivory coast. we will show you how it went down. that's coming up. with dha and essential nutrients also found in mother's milk. purina puppy chow.
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let's take a look at stories making news later today, in the next hour in washington. we are expecting wisconsin republican and house budget committee chairman paul ryan to further discuss the president's proposed debt reduction plan. yesterday, he slammed it as partisan rhetoric this afternoon at 5 eastern in columbus, ohio, the first lady and jill biden honor military families at a community event. and the dodgers baseball team holds a 4 p.m. local time news conference to highlight new security initiatives after that march 31st beating of a paramedic outside of dodger stadium. > from the pog to capitol hill to u.s. military families around the world there is a lot of concern that president obama doesn't have a lot of specifics on his proposed defense cuts. let ask the president's numbers
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man, jack lue, the director of the white house office of budget and management. welcome. >> good morning. >> so can you fill in some of the blanks, because we heard from barbara starr that the pog is really concerned about the president's proposed cuts and say it could actually hurt their department. >> i think if you look at what the president said in his speech yesterday, he was very careful to say you know, we have made very significant savings in the defense department under secretary gates' leadership, saving $400 billion in policies the next few years, eneekts the future and we can do it again, but the size things have been done. we have eliminated weapons systems that the military didn't want, didn't need. we have consolidated many facilities. in the speech yesterday, the president said he was going to call on his team, including the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to do a review of what our roles and capabilities need to be and that has to do with
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the missions that we undertake. he did not say that these savings were going to be without any change, but he also said he would make no changes that would undermine our core national security. >> i know that part of the concern can, i think we are going to have to pick and choose what we get involved with overseas and a lot of voters wondering get involved with libya, maybe we can't afford that are all of those shall use on the table? >> i think that over the last ten years, we have seen the defense budget grow without any meaningful constraints. we are at a point now where our financeal situation is one of our gravest national security risks. chairman mullin, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has said some, as we look for a solution, everything has to be on the table, but the president was clear, as commander in chief, he will not make policieses that undermine our national security. it may mean that we have a little bit of -- more difficult choices to make but we have difficult choices to make every
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where. >> we do no part of the budget can be off the table. >> something else the president talked a lot about was millionaires and billionaires and how they are not paying their fair share. he wants to raise the tax rate for the rich, but listen to what senator orrin hatch said. this isn't going to be easy. listen. >> we hear this quote quite a bit from rich democrats, please tax us more, they say. well, i know a lot who don't say that i tell you that well, as a ranking member on the senate finance committee, i feel obligated to inform mr. plouffe that the president and all those rich liberal democrats eager to pay higher taxes can do just that they can write a check to the irs and make an extra payment on their tax returns to pay down the federal debt. the option is right at the bottom of their tax return. >> okay, some tough language from orrin hatch, republicans control the house. should the president perhaps soften his language and stop what some call i will have nigz millionaires and billionaires? >> you know, the president was
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very careful yesterday not to i will have nice anyone. he admires success, we the american people admire success. he said as we make tough choices, look at the choice from turning medicare from a defined benefit program into a voucher program where senior citizens are on their own if they can't afford the premium to buy a poll versus taxing the most fortunate that is a question of values and we have to to have that debate. >> but it is such a polarizing issue and republicans seem entrenched in saying, hey, we don't rant want to raise taxes on anyone, so how can democrats and republicans sit down and come to some sort of compromise on this issue? >> carol, not an element of deficit reduction that isn't polarizing, not an element of deficit reduction that isn't easy that isn't difficult, it's all hard. the question of saying that we take taxes off the table, the ben mates in go to the most affluent off the table, when the plan that the republicans are
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bringing to the house floor does very deep cuts to the least fortunate in america, from medicaid and food stamps to the old and the disabled on medicare, we don't think those are the right ways to make the choices, there has to be a broader debate, more has to be to on the table we not happy these choices. >> broader dehe bait has to be on the table. let's talk about social security, because three prominent republicans came forward and said, hey, we have to do something about social security, we have to raise the retirement age to 70 years old. would that be something that the administration is open to? >> you know, i -- the president's tried very hard on social security to make clear that he wants to deal with social security now. he want it s it to be somethin work together on the. >> what are his ideas? >> while social security is not caution the current deficit, it is very much an immediate problem. we need to have a balanced approach. we saw in the 1980 with a balanced bipartisan approach, you can reach agreements on
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social security. what we have also learned over the last 30 years it is very hard to deal with social security with warring plans. the only way to deal with it effectively is to bring people together. the president wants to do that he has called for it, called for it in the state of the union, repeat it had again yesterday. >> would he be open to raising the retirement age? >> i think what the president has said is he is open for a fair and balanced approach that does not put the burden on ben fish police a way that would slash benefits that leaves an awful lot to discuss and we need to get into a conversation. republicans are said they don't want to do anything to raise the amount of income that is subject to social security tax. we are going to have to have a conversation which is not a public debate and in the a public fight. in the 1980s, be the thing we learned is that if you work in a reasonable way with reasonable people you can find the sensible middle where we can save social security, preserve it as we know it. it is not an urgent problem that needs to be dealt with today or
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tomorrow but it can't wait years and we should be doing it now >> well, jack lue, thank you so much for joining us and talking about these important issues on the minds of so many americans. we appreciate it. >> thank you. china's government has banned time travel and other story lines on television. we will explain that to you next. al the xf, "a modern interpretation yet an instant classic." with sports car styling and power, plus the refinement and space of a luxury sedan, the jaguar xf is a timeless blend of performance and craftsmanship. see how jaguar outperforms the competition at jaguarperforms.com or visit your local jaguar dealer.
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the six-month presidential power struggle in africa's ivory coast comes to a head with u.s. troops literally storming the former president's house, hauling him and his family from the compound. cnn's money e cnn's monita rajpal has more from london. >> reporter: we know that laurent gbagbo was arrested monday in ivory coast, but this video is coming in now. it's really dramatic stuff. we see troops lawyer to the internationally recognized president, allesan ouattara, storming through, capturing him, putting a bullet-proof vest on gbagbo to ensure he's alive and not shot. make sure he's alive and parade him out to the street. he is now under house arrest in the north of the country.
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again, this is amazing video to actually see the former president of ivory coast in such a way. again, the president now, ouattara, saying he needs to face charges, criminal charges on both the national and international level. carol? >> you're right. that was a dramatic video. monita, many thanks to you, live in london. live in the white house without the politics, we'll tell you how close you can get, that is if the price is right.
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checking stories across the country now, strong winds are fueling multiple wildfires against west texas. this blaze hit the mexico border, has charred 120,000 acres since saturday, destroying more than a dozen homes and a
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couple of businesses. flash flooding name of the game in many parts of coastal massachusetts. but they have more sun and less rain in the forecast for today. and a replica of 1600 pennsylvania avenue in mclean, virginia, can be yours for just under $5 million. the realtor trying to sell it says the home is drawn to scale from blueprints of the actual white house. michelle rhee will be here, no one in education today has done more to try to shake up our schools. her methods have made her a celebrity, but they've also made her the target of criticism. she'll answer those critics here in the next hour. brake sales ev. you say you can beat any advertised price on tires. correct. anywhere. yes. like this price? yes. seriously? yes. what about this one? i'll beat it. this one? yes, i will. alright, i have only one more question for you. is one? yes. buy 4 tires, get a $100 rebate. and that's on top of our low price tire guarantee.
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time for the big play. sports highlights grabbing our attention. after being fined for his anti-gay slur against a ref, kobe bryant was back on the court for the lakers. boy, was he good. kobe hits the three-pointer with
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less than five seconds left. and that ties the game. then he and his teammates play tough defense to send the game into overtime. kobe finishes with 36 points. the lakers win in what could be the kings' last game in sacramento. more overtime thrills in the nhl playoffs. washington capitals hosting the new york rangers. 18 minutes into the extra period, and mistakes come with fatigue. the rangers give up the puck in their own zone, and alex zemen makes them pay. good for him. the phillies ace, roy halladay, in control against the washington nationals. he had a total of nine, count 'em, nine strikeouts for the game. he ran into trouble in the ninth inning. the nationals scored a close within one run but the manager stays with him. boy, was that a smart move. halladay strikes out the last two batters for the win and his 59th career complete game. just not fair he's that good.
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it is 10:00 a.m. on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. in the west. i'm carol costello. new developments in the case of the long island serial killer. detectives are going up in planes and helicopters hunting for clues. eight sets of human remains have been found in the area since december. will donald trump run for president in 2012? you may have to tune in to the season finale of "celebrity apprentice" on may 15. a source reveals that is when he will make the announcement. barry bonds faces sentencing after a jury found him guilty on obstruction of justice. the same jury deadlocked on charges that he lied to a grand jury about his steroid use. our alan duke was in the courtroom. he'll join us in a few minutes. it has happened again. another air traffic controller caught snoozing on the job. this time in reno, nevada. the pilot of a medical flight had to call the faa when he
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couldn't get through to the tower. listen. >> and they did, they landed safely. jean has been following the story. this happened yesterday, then the faa came out in the afternoon and made some changes. so tell us about it. >> reporter: yeah, first this happened early yesterday, the flight was coming in to reno from mammoth lakes, california. as you heard on the traffic control tape, it had a critically ill passenger on board. the pilot tried to reach the tower not once or twice but seven times. the controller apparently sleeping through all of it. the secretary of transportation calls the episode absolutely inexcusable.
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>> this is ridiculous, it's outrageous. it's the kind of behavior that we will not stand for at the department of transportation. the controller has been suspended. we're conducting an investigation. and i have said that immediately there will be two controllers in 27 control towers around the country that control planes between 12:00 midnight and the early morning hours. >> but not everyone's embracing that. republican congressman john micah was critical saying only in the federal government would you droubl up on workers averaging $161,000 in year in salary and benefits that are not doing their job. carol? >> so the game of politics has begun around that issue. it's travel season, and a lot of travelers worried about this. we know of incidents in knoxville, reno, are there others? >> yes, the faa disclosed there
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were two additional controller screwups in recent weeks. a controller in seattle fell asleep during his morning shift on april 11. he is currently suspended. two controllers in lubbock, texas, are on suspension for failing to hand off control of a departing aircraft on march 29 and also for being late taking control of an inbound aircraft. the faa looking into all of these incidents to determine what further steps might be needed. carol? >> you'll keep following it. live from washington. turning now to a serious effort to raise the retirement age to 70. it's one of the tough choices on the table in washington as all parties race to reach a budget agreement. three republicans are proposing social security reform that would push back the retirement age by three years to 70. it's enough to make you feel tired, isn't it? i asked the top republican on the senate budget committee about it in the last hour, and senator jeff sessions says it needs to happen.
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>> i think we're going to have to raise the age limit, yes. i don't know how far, but i do believe that's a factor. these kind of changes don't have to be dramatic, they don't have to be done all at once. they don't have to impact people on social security today, but we have to make some changes. >> but i'm sure a lot of you know, a lot of families don't just lean on that social security check, they depend on it. for about one in four families collecting social security, it's practically the only money they have coming in. you better believe that makes for a political minefield. cnn's kate baldwin is at the white house. and the fiscal commission wants to raise the retirement age. so do three republican senators. we just heard from jeff sessions. is this really on the table? >> reporter: it's a very good question. right now the short answer is it's not really clear. let me put this way. a couple of things on that. the president has said that everything is on the table as they look for ways to tackle the country's deficit and debt. yesterday the president
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acknowledged that 2/3 of the federal budget goes to spending and entitlements, medicaid, medicare, and social security, as well as national security. but if you look at the president's speech yesterday, i know you watched closely, the major elements of his plan to reduce deficits and tackle the debt, they don't -- he didn't really include taking on social security. the president saying that social security is not a major factor in driving up the numbers at this moment. in the short term or the near term. what the president did say about social security, we could say, lacked specifics. listen here. >> while social security is not the cause of our deficit, it faces real long-term challenges in a country that's growing older. as i said in the state of the union, both parties should work together now to strengthen social security for future generations. >> reporter: now carol, senior administration officials yesterday did say that the president does not support
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raising the medicare retirement age. we'll have to see how far the president and the white house will go in terms of -- in terms of social security as they take on negotiations. you had a very good discussion with the budget director a short time ago. i chased after him after your interview to ask him the same question. and he gave a very similar answer into what we're kind of hearing. it's a bit vague. he said that everyone should not stand firm on positions, they should come to the table to discuss. so right now at least the white house is not saying whether or not they support that specific idea. >> yeah, they'll only say, oh, we know something has to be done, but no specifics, you're right. kate boulduan, many thanks. it is usually joe biden's habit of shooting from the lip that gets him in trouble. so how in the world is the vice president left red faced from being quiet? take a look. the vice -- i'm sure you've seen this. the vice president may have been caught nodding off while his boss, yes, president obama, was outlining his plan for dealing with the deficit. to make matters worse, the
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president announced he had a new job for biden. he'll begin meeting with lawmakers from both parties next month to try and work out a bipartisan plan to pare down the deficit. and i'm sure that will keep him awake. also on capitol hill today, a vote on the budget cuts that prevented the government from shutting down. lawmakers in the house are expected to pass the $38 billion that was whittled from this year's current budget within 24 hours, it whips through the senate, lands on the president's desk for his signature. turning to libya. at least 20 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in an attack in the besieged city of misurata. a witness tells cnn a ship carrying aid was expected, but gadhafi's forces began firing rockets and tanks -- and tank shells i should say at the poertd. the death toll is expected to
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rise. u.s. warplanes have continued to bomb targets in libya even after control of the the operation was handed over to nato. the pentagon has disclosed since the handover the u.s. has flown 97 sorties with jets firing on libyan targets on three occasions. the strikes were defensive and part of the military's support role. the world is watching libya's civil war and nato's military action there. cnn's monita raj spall pal is in following that. >> reporter: i want to give you an idea what some of the newspapers around the world are saying about the conflict in libya now. let's start with "the daily telegraph graph in london. the headline is "gadhafi is not getting the message to go." it says the coalition's cliche about protecting civilians is too vague to make an impression on someone like gadhafi if he agrees to protect civilians. will that be enough? then we go to the united arab emirates and "the national" paper, the headline is, "the
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good son is no longer libya's best hope for reform." if goes on to say the only player in whose name everything is done is the libyan people, yet no one has been trying to gauge what libyans want. they are not all against colonel gadhafi, nor are they all supporting it. carol? >> understand. i also understands secretary of state hillary clinton is in berlin for nato talks. are all these countries on the same page when it concerns libya? >> reporter: yeah, when it comes to any international consensus, it's very difficult to get because it got a lot of different countries who have different ideas of what should be happening. for example, germany, as you remember, abstained from even voting for the resolution 1973. so they are really taking a very different approach. however, it also depends on what issues you're talking about, whether it is to ramp up the offensive there, the air strikes in libya, or if it's to arm the rebels. for example, the italians are saying that the allies should be giving -- the civilians all the materials, and i use that in
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quotations, that libyans need to protect themselves. but others are saying that's a really broad interpretation of what resolution 1973 is about. >> monita rajpal, many thanks, live from london this morning. a month after japan's dual natural disasters, new video surfaces of the deadly tsunami. it was shot at the moment the waves hit a quaint little fishing town. the videographer lost his home and his pet as he rolled on this disaster. take a look at this. the death toll from the disaster now stands at 13,500. and another 15,000 remain missing. then there's japan's nuclear crisis which is now considered on par with the 1986 nuclear disaster in chernobyl, russia. on sunday a japanese journalist entered the security zone surrounding the crippled
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fukushima-daiichi nuclear plant in hopes of seeing the facility up close. the "voice of america" reporter steve herman came closer and spoke to "american morning" about it. >> we thought this is perhaps the last chance to put our eyes on the fukushima number one nuclear power plant. we did make it all the way to the front gate, where we were greeted and -- maybe greeted is the wrong word, by a couple of security guards that were in full hazmat outfits with helmets and dual intake respirators who did not want to engage us in conversation. they made it very clear we were not welcome to proceeds further and gave us the international signal for make a u-turn. >> japan has since expanded that exclusionary zone around fukushima. and japanese officials are downplaying the likening of fukushima to chernobyl, saying their facility spewed only 10% of the radioactivity that was emitted from chernobyl. baseball's barry bonds wins in federal court even when he loses.
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the home run king is convicted on one charge, but a judge declares a mistrial on three others. we're heading thrive los angeles for details. that's next. and michelle rhee will be here. no one in education today has done more to try to shake up our schools. her methods have made her a celebri celebrity, but they've also made her the target of criticism. she'll answer the critics here this hour. use magnesium,ets an ingredient that works more naturally with your colon than stimulant laxatives, for effective relief of constipation without cramps. thanks. [ professor ] good morning students. today, we're gonna... ♪ now the healing power of touch just got more powerful.
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we won't know for some time whether barry bonds will go to prison. actually it's likely he won't. a san francisco jury convicted bonds on one count of obstruction of justice. but the judge declared a mistrial on three counts of lying to a grand jury about taking steroids. bonds will go back to court next month when a sentencing date will be set. cnn's alan duke was in the courtroom through it all, including when the verdict came down yesterday. what was barry bonds' reaction? >> he didn't say anything really in court. not much reaction at all. he kept pretty much a stone face and didn't talk as he left. his lawyers spoke a little. it was the jurors who could hardly stop talking after court. >> i was surprised by that actually, usually jurors are loathe to talk, but they were talking a lot about this. and one of them actually said that they thought prosecutors were trying to pin too much on barry bonds. i found that intriguing. >> yeah, these jurors, essential what he they told us is that
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they convicted barry bonds of being evasive, not telling a lie. they said as far as whether he used -- knowingly used steroids, that there was a piece of the puzzle missing. there was something more they needed from prosecutors that they didn't hear to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt that barry bonds knew that wasn't flaxseed oil his trainer, greg anderson, was putting on him. but that piece of the puzzle very well could have been anderson who went to prison for a couple of weeks rather than testify in this trial. >> the other thing that i've heard about this, everyone's saying that, you know, this might be a big victory for barry bonds because he'll probably serve probation to this particular charge. wasn't his -- western his attorneys sure that he would be cleared of all charges? >> i don't know about sure, they looked pretty nervous as they were pacing during the four days of deliberations. they -- in front of the jury, of course -- they acted assured that their client was innocent or should be acquitted. you know, the interesting thing
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about barry bonds not only is he the home run king, but he was the walk king, walked more than any other major league player ever. yesterday he essentially walked three times. wasn't a hit, but there was one strikeout. but it was three walks, if you want to use a baseball analogy. >> boy, that was a good one, too. alan duke, thanks for your insight. we appreciate it. we have a bit of breaking news to tell you about. it all has to do with these air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job. let's head to washington right now. check in with jeanne meserve. >> reporter: we got a statement from the faa administrator, randy babbitt. he sites these recent examples of what he calls unprofessional conduct, says this must stop. he says that this morning he met with the head of the faa's air traffic organization, that's the component of the faa that runs the air traffic control system, the man who heads this up, hank crackowski, has submitted his resignation, and babbitt has accepted it.
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the faa's general counsel will assume that role. babbitt goes on to say in his statement, "we are conducting a top-to-bottom review of the way we operate our air traffic control system. we are all responsible and accountable for safety from senior faa leadership to the controller in the tower. we will concentrate on keeping the traveling public safe." carol, it is not just the air traffic controllers that are paying a price for all of this. >> you got that right. thank you very much. >> reporter: you bet. checking stories across the country now. l.a. lakers star kobe bryant in trouble for using an anti-gay g slur against a referee. he was fined for offensive and inexcusable comments tuesday. bryant has since apologized many, many, many times. the boyfriend of the woman who falsely accused three duke lacrosse players of raping her is dead of stab wounds. she was charged with stabbing
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reginald day and remains in jail. another olive garden fined for serving alcohol to a toddler. a 2-year-old was served sangria instead of orange juice. recently in michigan a 15-month-old was hospitalized after he was served a margarita instead of apple juice at an applebee's restaurant. actress katherine zeta-jones checks herself in to a mental health facility to be treated for bipolar disorder. we'll have that story and more in your entertainment report coming up.
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after helping her husband battle late stage throat cancer, actress katherine zeta-jones has a health concern of her own and is struggling. a.j. hammer, this is shocking. >> really surprising this announcement yesterday. her publicist telling "showbiz tonight" after dealing with the stress of the past year, catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar ii disorder. she's looking great and looking
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forward to starting work this week on two upcoming films." it was a surprise because nobody had associated her with any mental illness in the past. after the year her family has had, it's not hard to understand why she and her husband might feel overwhelmed. in the past 12 months, douglas saw his son sentenced to prison on drug charge, he was sued by his ex-voice and fought that difficult battle with stage-four throat cancer. good to know she's getting whatever help she needs. we all hope she's feeling better. >> we hope so. in happier news, there's a big auk auction and big things being auctioned from the rock and roll world. >> i wish i could go, this is my area. a lot to catch your eye during this stuff. the theater royal drury lane in london is auctioning 73 items from stars such as the sex pistols and chuck barry. the highlight in my mind is a piano used by paul mccartney to write the song "yesterday." an art deco mini pea an no.
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may not be much to look at but for 125,000 brishs pountish pou could be yours. we're talking $200,000 u.s. >> and the next story about "the crow," the movie with dark shadows surrounding it. and bradley cooper, one of my favorite actors, is going to star in it. >> possibly, yeah. really dark story here. there are multiple reports out there that have bradley cooper in talks to star in a remake of 1994's "the crow." of course cooper, we know him from comedies like "the hangover." this is my new challenge if he takes it on. the film is adapted from an indy comic book, a story about a musician killed by thugs, who comes back from the dead for revenge. you may remember during the original filming, star brandon lee, the son of bruce lee, was killed on set by a freak accident and a lot of people have said all along that that production was cursed. so it's certainly interesting that they are trying to bring this story back and people will be watching closely to see if
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the curse lives on. >> yeah. gives me goose bumps. a.j., thanks as always. want information on everything breaking in the entertainment world? a.j.'s got it tonight on "showbiz tonight" at 5:00 p.m. eastern and 11:00 p.m. on hln. internet downloads at lightning speed, something customers say they want. now comcast says you've got it. really. we'll talk with michelle rhee. her efforts to reform america's schools have landed her in the headlines, on magazine covers, even on the big screen. but she has made some enemies, too. [ male announcer ] this...is the network.
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if education reform has a face, it has to be michelle rhee. she's the former chancellor of d.c. schools, and her efforts have made her a bit of a celebrity. she's been on the covers of "time" magazine and "newsweek" and was featured in the 2010 documentary about america's public school system "waiting for superman." she's head of an advocacy group called students first. michelle is here in studio 7. welcome. >> thank you. >> i'm excited to meet you. >> thanks for having me. >> so you're in georgia celebrating a big win because the lifo program passed in the georgia state legislature. tell us what that is. >> sure. so right now because so many states across the country are facing budget cuts, what it means is that lots of teacher jobs are at risk. we're going to be looking at layoffs across the nation of teachers, and part of the
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problem with that scenario is that the way that layoffs are conducted normally is by what's called lifo, last in, first out. the last teacher hired has to be the first teacher fired regardless of their performance. so what you end up with is a situation like teachers that i met last week in nevada, where somebody had just been voted teacher of the year in their school, and then they got handed a pink slip. so it really doesn't make send for kids whatsoever. and we're really -- >> you want to lay off teachers that are not performing well, not necessarily the youngest teacher just coming in and making doing a terrific job? >> that's right. we just believe that when you're in the unfortunate situation where you have to lay teachers off, that you have to take into consideration quality and who's -- who's adding the most value to kids. >> in georgia you've been successful. how many other states? >> yes, when we started this effort, only three states had laws that specifically said that layoffs had to be conducted by quality. we've added four more states to that, including georgia this week. florida a few weeks ago.
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and we've got legislation pending or about to be introduced in eight more state. we're really excited. >> are you excited. i have to ask you -- the controversy that seems to follow you wherever you go. i mean, as you travel the country, i'm sure you've heard these names that attach to you. you've been called a reform huckster, a terminating machine, public enemy number one. why do you think you're so polarizing? >> you know, i think that for so long in public education we weren't talking about the tough issues, so -- so for example lifo, last in, first out policies, we've been utilizing those for draex, and nobody has been -- for decades, and nobody has been paying attention. we're bringing them to light through movies like "waiting for superman," there's more of a microscopeott on how often scho districts are working and often they're not working to benefit kids. when you shake thing up, obviously you have people unhappy with you which is understandable. >> there seems to be in this country, though, a war on teachers. and many teachers feel that way,
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especially a war on teachers unions. and i think that many in the education field think that you started that war, and it's -- it spiralled out of control. >> so i think nothing could be further from the truth. i am the biggest advocate of effective teacher that you could possibly find anywhere. i mean, you know, the effect that -- the effect a teacher has on their kids and on their classroom is immeasurable. but because teachers place such an -- play such an important role, i think it's important to make sure that you have the best people in the classroom and that when you have people who are struggling, who are ineffective that you can quickly develop them or move them out of the system. >> i want to ask you about the "usa today" investigation because that's been out there. it centered around your time as chancellor of d.c. schools. you were widely praised for raising test scores at low-performing schools. but that by putting pressure on principals and teachers and awarding huge bonuses when the scores rose. in the "usa today" -- i want to read this to get it ride.
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in the investigation it showed high erasure rates on standardized tests given at the d.c. schools which may mean the teachers altered the test, maybe to save their jobs or to get the big bonuses. if that's true, what does that say about your methods? >> well, i think that it's -- it's nuts to think that because, you know, a small number of people may do something wrong like cheating on the test that that means that we shouldn't have, you know, we shouldn't have tests or we shouldn't have an accountability system. >> this involved 103 schools. >> actually, if you look at the analysis that "usa today" did, it's not correct that all of the schools that they named had high rates of erasure, that was a flawed analysis and high eras e erasures doesn't mean cheating occurred because you have to look at whether the erasures were linked to higher achievement rates. so when the list got whittled
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down to just a handful of schools, we actually brought in an external investigator to look into the claims and look into the irregularities and the vast majority of cases found that nothing -- you know, there was no evidence of cheating. i think, though, the question about whether or not we should have accountability and we should have rewards, et cetera, tied to student achievement levels and oh, my gosh, some people should cheat, i think that it totally underestimates teachers as a profession. the vast majority of teachers would never falsify student achievement rates just because they're under pressure or because they're -- there are rewards. >> that's true. but in d.c. not only were they questioning that but also in georgia. it's happening in many parts of the country, not just in one place. >> so again, in every school district that you go to -- >> i only ask because many parents feel there's too much focus put on the standardized tests, and that that's not really teaching our kids anything. >> i can say as a parent myself, and i have two young kids who are in the public schools, i
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always want to know exactly where my kids are. i don't want to wait until the end of the year for somebody to say, oh, your child's not on grade level. i want to know, you know, every -- every couple of weeks, are my kids performing or not. and standardized tests and assessments like that are one way to do that. >> michelle rhee, thank you for coming in. we appreciate it. >> absolutely. the stock market opening bell just rang about an hour ago. let's check the numbers quickly. as you can see, not so great. down 40. satisfying the need for speed, comcast is expected to announce a new, faster internet service for residential customers. cnn's stephanie elam with the lowdown on that. stephanie? >> reporter: hey, carol. this is something that i'm sure a lot of people at home are going to be happy to hear so they can get their movies, music, in a lot faster pace to get them to their devices. according to the "usa today," they're looking at this new product called extreme 105. that's what comcast is going to be launching here. it's going to offer it to more
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than 40 million homes across the country, different cities like san francisco, chicago, philly, miami, d.c., denver is one of the cities, as well. and it's 60 times faster than comcast's current service. and with the service that you could get here with the extreme 105, you can download an h.d. movie in eight minutes. so, you know, most people, they have a t-1 line, this is what they're talking about when they say 60 times faster than that. >> you believe -- do you believe -- >> it could be. but a lot of it depends where you are. i don't know if that's true. while this is faster, it's important to keep in mind that verizon's fios is still faster, but it's not as widely available. that's something to keep in mind. i guess if anything's faster than what you're dealing with, people are going to be happy, right? >> yeah, that's very good. there's an app for everything. >> reporter: everything. true. there's an app for taxes. >> tell us about it. >> reporter: there's a serious -- there is a serious app for taxes. actually, there's a lot of them.
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let's show a few because i figure, carol, there's probably one or -- one or two people who probably haven't done their taxes yet and plan on doing it this weekend. if that's the case, irstogo it s one to look at. you can track your refund on there. if you file electronically, you have to wait a few days and see how long it will take to get it back. if you file by paper, it will take three to four weeks before you check. a free app and good for iphones and january droids. take a look at turbo tax snaptax, you can file by phone if you used that. that costs $14.99. good for iphones and androjanu and for tax reports. tax organizer, you store receipts throughout the year, and then as you get to the point of things you need to get to your -- the person who's doing your taxes, you just e-mail them all to him. it will be in chronological order. that's also good. that one's about $15 a month. there's more. taxcaster mobile.
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estimates exactly how much you're going to get for your refund. it will calculate it for you. idonated itit, keeps track of all your donations. and you can have research and pictures. and dictionary of terms and itaxmama, alerts you to tax deadlines. you can get app crazy for tax season. >> i know. you know what my app is in my app is my husband. he does the taxes. and i love that. >> reporter: my app is my accountant because i am not doing that myself. messing something up -- no, no, no. >> thank you, stephanie. >> reporter: sure. john thompson. he's free after being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. >> i'm able to walk these streets again. i'm able to breathe, i'm able to see my grandchildren. i'm able to enjoy life. >> but he will not get paid anything for his suffering. his story coming up. co reallyavyou 15% or more on car insurance? host: is the pen mightier than the sword?
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imagine this, you're on death row for 14 years for a crime you did not commit. after you're exonerated you find out that prosecutors were involved in a cover-up that sent you to prison. this is what happened to john thompson. he was exonerated in 2003, weeks before he was set to die. the prosecutors who were parted of the cover-up were never punished. thompson tried, he sued
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prosecutors for covering up that evidence and was awarded $14 million by a jury. but just last month, the u.s. supreme court overturned that lower court decision and ruled thompson cannot receive any money at all. he joins us live from new orleans now. welcome, john. >> good morning. >> good morning. also with us from new york is sunny hastin, former prosecutor and legal contributor for "in session," our sister network, trutv. welcome to you. >> thank you. >> john, let's start with you. take us back to the moment when you first learned about the cover-up by prosecutors. what happened? >> oh, well, i was on my last -- i had just been denied my writ. i had received the execution date for may 19, 1999. i was understanding that it was time for me to die. it was -- even though i was innocent.
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my lawyers came to me to tell me what he was going do. he actually really did say that, you know, there was no more available course for them to appeal to, and this execution date would go through. but he was going to hire one more investigator to do a last-minute investigation of everything because i had two different convictions, it was really confusing to one investigator to try and work both cases, so they hired another investigator for the soul purpo sole purpose of -- >> what did that investigator find? >> she just -- the first thing she discovered was some physical evidence -- blood evidence was taken from the scene of the crime. and the results had returned, but was nothing telling us what the results were. the answers to the blood evidence, and she discovered it, and she revealed it to my attorneys. >> so this blood evidence would have cleared you outright, and prosecutors knew they had this
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blood evidence and didn't turn it over to your attorneys. that's how you ended up on death row. i know you told your story in a big "new york times" op-ed, and you're not so much upset about losing the monetary award, $14 million. what do you want to happen now? >> well, you know, that was -- that was a real serious decision that the court made. and really -- to us here in louisiana, especially, how the system was operating. to now, it's really to give the prosecutors the right to really murder, to get away with murder. and without no consequences at all. you know, it's sad because, you know, in our country the president could even be impeached. this is the only position that really had full control over our lives, that our supreme court just said they can do anything. so if i was executed, you know, it would have been murder. and so they're actually saying
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we don't care. whatever they do, they can get away. i believe we should be afraid as a people in this country to the power that our -- >> you think that somehow these prosecutors should be punished in some way, and the u.s. supreme court ruled they cannot be. and that's why i want to bring in sunny, a former prosecutor. so the u.s. supreme court made this ruling, but shouldn't somebody pay for what happened to john? >> you would think so. and i mean, it just -- it embarrasses me, quite frankly, what happened here. as a former prosecutor, prosecutors are supposed to seek just, whether or not the system -- justice, whether or not the system ends in someone's being acquitted or someone's being found guilty. the prosecutor's job is to seek justice. what happened is a miscarriage of justice. in 1976 the supreme court adopted the doctrine of prosecutorial immunity. prosecutors, as john said, are almost untouchable when they are prosecuting people. that's why it is such a heavy
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burden that prosecutors have. they really did the wrong thing here by this man and, unfortunately, by many others in louisiana. >> so since the supreme court ruled in this particular manner, is there any legal recourse for john at all? >> no. there is not. i think the supreme court shut the door on any legal recourse, but what is interesting to neat here, is this was a conflicted supreme court, this was a 5-4 decision. justice ginsburg read the decision from the bench, which is unusual. this is a tragedy, a miscarriage of justice. there needs to be reform. everyone knows that i'm against the death penalty primarily because these things happen. prosecutors have such wide discretion. and when you hear about cases like this, doesn't that mean we need reform? doesn't that mean we shouldn't have the death penalty? i mean, this should be a case that's calling out there for reform. not only for prosecutorial misconduct but also for the
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death penalty. >> okay, so you lead the charge. john thompson, thank you very much for sharing your story. we appreciate it. sunny, thanks to you, as well. >> thanks. do you like soccer goals? we bet you've never seen one like this. a score for from more than 90 yards away. the video coming up. also ahead, michelle bachmann references lens crafters. [ sneezes ] allergies?
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donald trump has been hinting at a white house run. maybe you didn't know that. well, now we know when he will announce his big decision. our senior political editor, mark preston, here with the story. and kind of has to do with his tv show, right? >> reporter: it sure does. when is donald trump going to tell us when he's running for president? we got a little bit of news this morning that, in fact, it's going to be on may 15, which is the season finale of "the celebrity apprentice." as you would expect in donald trump fashion, he's really not going to tell us if he's running for president. he's going to tell us when he's going to tell us he's running for president. he's going to use the season finale, carol, to give us the date when he'll tell us if he's running for president. he really knows how to draw something out here, no doubt. >> he knows how to use the media quite well. >> he does.
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great news for house democrats in washington, carol. they just released their fundraising numbers for the first 90 days of 2011. they have raised $19.6 million. why is this snifth it's significant because they have helped to pay off $11.5 million of their debt after the 2010 midterm elections. they were in debt right around $20 million. but now they've paid off $11.5 million of it, which is huge amount of money, especially as they're looking toward 2012 to try to take back the house majority. carol? >> and finally, you must tell us about lenscrafters and michele bachmann. >> reporter: this is complicated. please try to follow me here if you can. look, michele bachmann is invoking lenscrafter in her speeches when she's talking about abortion, and the reason being is because the head of the illinois planned parenthood actually invoked lens crafters a couple of years ago when he was being interviewed by the "wall street journal." let me tell you what the head of
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the illinois planned parenthood said at the time. he said that they want to public the lens -- excuse me, this is what he said, "i like to think of planned parenthood as the lens crafter of family planning. when it comes to making family planning services available." well, michele bachmann has taken that, has changed the words a little. and in iowa on monday, she said that the executive director of planned parenthood in illinois said they want to become the lens crafter of big abortion in illinois, which is much different than what the head of that had said before. i'll tell you what, lens crafter wants no wart of it. they've asked michele bachmann's office to stop using their name. >> thanks for filling us in, mark preston. we'll have the next political update in an hour. for all the latest political news, go to cnnpolitics.com. here's a question about your health -- do you take vitamins or supplements? most of us do, we'll tell you why that could be a big mistake. [ male announcer ] your hard work has paid off.
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see a goal like that any time soon. so let's take another look, shall we? [ cheers ] >> that's a long time in slow motion, isn't it? amazing. coming up on cnn "newsroom," with suzanne malveaux, victims of the tsunami in japan fled their homes grabbing just the essentials. in many cases, family pets are behind. we're with crews as they rescue trapped animals and reunite them with their owners next.
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